Going on vacation: Berlin and CCC-Camp 2007

So, it’s summertime again, time for festivals, hacker-camps and a well-needed vacation. I still have a few days of work to go, but will be leaving for Berlin august 1st. World-Clock berlin I’ll be staying in the Heart Of Gold hostel in the center of Berlin for a week, seeing the sights and partying in this nice city. Later that week I’ll probably hang around and help a bit with the build-up of CCC-Camp and then stay there till Sunday the 12th, because unfortunately I have to be back at work on monday ;(

I know Flar and Deckardt are also in Berlin the week before the Camp, and i’ll meet up with lots more at the Camp (Geck0, Antarez, Buzz, BugBlue, Tla, Elisa, …)

Anyone have any suggestions for places to visit in Berlin, or parties and bars I should visit… This is the first time visiting Berlin that I have a whole week without any other activities, so I plan to make the best of it and see some stuff I didn’t get around to the previous years… comment below 😉

Life’s a beach ;)

I had a really enjoyable weekend, starting off with a movie/beer/whisky night with Jochem and MissMereltje friday-nite and moving into a hanging around at the beach of Zandvoort on Saturday afternoon with Tla and MissMereltje. We all got quite a tan (or, more correctly, a nice sunburnfoobar - arab style for the milky-white geeks involved) and enjoyed some good food at ‘Jeroen’ on the Zandvoort Boulevard nr 20. We closed the evening off with some nice italian ice-cream and nice latin-music in the center of Zandvoort… must do this again… with more people 😉

Why I’d never go to the United States

Every so often I read or see things that scare me and re-affirm my belief that I’d never ever voluntarily visit the USA. Like seeing the Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko documentaries by Michael Moore, seeing news reports on Fox or reading blogs (like the ‘fake’ www.shelleytherepublican.com) and articles. The following article got to me this morning and really proved to me that a significant part of the US population are very deranged.

Some hilights…

“Do you have a child back in England?” she asks. No, I say. Her face darkens. “You’d better start,” she says. “The Muslims are breeding. Soon, they’ll have the whole of Europe.”

“Just take a couple of these anti-war people off to the gas chamber for treason to show, if you try to bring down America at a time of war, that’s what you’ll get.” She squints at the sun and smiles. ” Then things’ll change.”

I ask them – why are liberals like this? What’s their motivation? They stutter to a halt and there is a long, puzzled silence. ” It’s a good question,” one of them, Martha, says finally. I have asked them to peer into the minds of cartoons and they are suddenly, reluctantly confronted with the hollowness of their creation. “There have always been intellectuals who want to tell people how to live,” Martha adds, to an almost visible sense of relief. That’s it – the intellectuals! They are not like us.

Check out http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/57001 for the entire article

Bjork in the Westerpark

The last concert in a series of concerts in the Amsterdam westerpark, and the 4th concert i’ve seen in slightly more then a month was for Bjork’s new tour based around the Volta album. I’ve spent the last month listening to Volta quite a few times during my daily commute, and it really grew on me. I visited the concert with Flar, Deckardt and Dexter and we went for beers and burgers at the Beiaard before the gig, travelling to the westerpark by tram.

The concert itself was nice, though we all considered it to be rather short. It started at about 21:15, and we were already leaving the park at 22:30. Willow has a nice write-up about the show, so check her page for details 😉

Party

I’d like to thank everyone who was here yesterday to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was nice to speak with some people again who I hadn’t seen in a while. The people present were: Jeroen, Bart, Earle, Willow, Tjerk, Danielle, Frank, Liesbeth, Erwin and M4. I noticed Earle made quite a lot of pictures with his shiny camera. They can be found in the gallery.

Update: I went shopping at MediaMarkt today, to spend some of the gift-certificates I received, and I got home with the following discs:

  • Howl’s moving castle (anime dvd)
  • Steamboy (anime dvd)
  • Pearl Jam – Love at the Garden (double-dvd concert)
  • Scissor Sisters – We are Scissor Sisters and So Are You (music dvd)
  • Macy Gray – Live In Las Vegas (concert dvd)
  • Pearl Jam – Rearviewmirror (double cd, best-of)

So again… thanks everyone… I’ll enjoy these a lot